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Governor Cuomo joined Mayor Lovely Warren and Gary Bonadonna of the Rochester Joint Board to push his minimum wage increase agenda at Workers United.

The governor says the economy is on the upswing, and the state is producing more millionaires and billionaires than ever before. But, he says, that doesn't mean everyone is benefiting.

"It's not success when just those at the top do well because we define success as shared success. We want people all along that economic spectrum to do well."

Connections: Raise Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers?

Feb 9, 2015

Should New York raise the minimum wage for tipped workers? It's currently $5, and would move to $7.50. We'll hear from all sides, including restaurant owners who warn that this will force them to lay off staff and use tablets for ordering. With us in studio: Justin Cordello, employment attorneyPierre Heroux, owner of Simply CrepesJason Herbert, owner of Edibles

Should New York raise the minimum wage for tipped workers? It's currently $5, and would move to $7.50. We'll hear from all sides, including restaurant owners who warn that this will force them to lay off staff and use tablets for ordering. With us in studio:

Connections starts at Noon on AM 1370 and streamed online by clicking the "Listen Live" button at the top of the page. Be part of the show by calling 585-263-WXXI (9994), or sending a message via FacebookTwitter, or email.

12 Noon: We'll discuss minimum wage: where is it headed? New York recently raised the minimum wage to $8/hr; federal Democrats want $10.10/hr with the wage linked to inflation.

We will have two guests in studio: State Senator Ted O’Brien, who favors an even more aggressive schedule in raising the minimum wage, and Kent Gardner, Chief Economist with the Center for Governmental Research, who will provide evidence that there are negative consequences linked to Senator O’Brien’s proposals. Gardner will also offer  alternative ways to impact workers near the poverty level.

1 p.m.: Dialogue on Disability week kicks off with a look at new hiring rules that are coming in 2015. What do employers need to know? How should businesses go about interviewing job candidates who are blind, deaf, or have other limitations? How can job applicants with such limitations overcome the stigmas that abound?

We will have two guests in studio: Marie MacGregor, director of human resources for Rochester Rehabilitation, and Sara Taylor, director of employment services at Rochester Rehabilitation. 

Fast Food Workers Vie for Higher Wages

Dec 5, 2013
Matt Martin/WSKG

Rochester was just one of many cities that saw strikes Thursday as part of a campaign by fast food workers to raise the federal minimum wage.

Walkouts were planned in at least 100 cities in support raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour, roughly $15,000 per year for a full-time job.

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